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Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

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Unread 05-08-2010, 03:48 AM
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Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

I was at the range last weekend and im the only guy who is out on the long rifle range shooting a rimfire (Savage 93 Package series mossy oak brush pattern 22WMR with 3-9x40 simmons) or a mossberg 42 WW2 training rifle and all the other guys at the least are using .223's I was asked why i even bother with my .22's and i should get a "Mans Gun" Now im shooting the same distance as everyone else 250 yds at an 8" steel circle or at 3" clays at the same distance now id say 9 times out of ten i hit the steel and maybe 4-6 out of ten i hit the clay (not bad if i do say so myself) much better than guys with "twice the gun" hitting half the targets

So i replied to the why bother question "that using a small caliber at this distance is makes me much better at the fundamentals of windage and elavation adjustments, So when i do buy my 308 i will already be good at windage and elavation adjustment, Not to mention the cost difference between rimfire and centerfire rounds" I couldnt belive how mad everyone got at what i had just said it almost caused a riot ( well not really) but noone shot for a good 5 min to yell at me about how absolutley wrong i was and the guys who do basically hit the same hole at that range said you get much more from what there doing than from my "screwin around"

To make a long story shorter i walked home $60 richer because the 3 guys who said they could hit anything out to 600 yard cant hit a clay with one at round @200yds when it counts. to make things fair we had the rangemaster adjust everyones scope a random amount under 5 clicks on both turrets and we all had 10 rounds to re-sight in. I guess all my screwin around paid off

what do you guys think about the value of shooting 22's out past effective range for long range practice?
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Unread 05-08-2010, 07:34 AM
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Re: Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

Ya just got to love the nay sayer's. Put money in your pocket every time.
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Unread 05-08-2010, 06:00 PM
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Re: Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

Savageman69, PAY NO MIND to those guys. Your on the right track!!! Shootin a 22 is some of the best practice you can get, and YOU were right about doping the wind and cost etc. Untill you get your ?308? (I think thats what you said) Your doing the right thing 100%!!!!!!!!
Congrats on the $60 bucks!
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Unread 05-08-2010, 07:03 PM
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Re: Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

it is, im savin my pennies for a savave model 10 FLPCK with the accutrigger and accustock i dont have alot of extra money these days and from what i can figure thats the best out of box rifle under $1,000 in not sure if i will buy a .308 or a .223 because ammo cost is an issue for me but thats why i love my 22's,

Anyways thanks for your suppourt im glad to see im not crazy
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Unread 05-09-2010, 08:50 PM
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Re: Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

Gotta say hurrah for .22s! We shoot ours at 200yrds at shotgun hulls. We have a BLAST playing the wind and at the end of an hour we have blown $10-$20 (depending on ammo). Beyond the fun, it keeps us in great shape for centerfire work at a fraction of the cost.
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Unread 05-10-2010, 01:34 PM
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Any shooter who says something that stupid has just told the world he doesn't know the first thing about shooting. Rimfires are one of the greatest trainers around for centerfire shooters, of just about any stripe. I know a good many past National HighPower champions, and of them all, I can think of exactly ONE who doesn't have a very extensive background in smallbore competition. A few years back Nancy Gallagher was ranked as one of the top 100 US Highpower shooters. That same year she also made the list as one of the top 100 smallbore shooters. David Tubb went to college on a smallbore shooting scholarship, Alonda Roy (Flowers) started shooting career with smallbore, Troy Lawton still shoots smallbore in a variety of disciplines, and the list goes on.

Shoot all the centerfires you want, but that sure doesn't mean you EVER need to stop shooting your rimfires too. I compete with centerfires, and I compete with smallbores. The smallbore shooting makes me a better centerfire shooter, not the other way around.

Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
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Unread 05-11-2010, 12:29 AM
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Re: Wow.... Rimfire discrimination

Originally Posted by Savageman69 View Post
im savin my pennies for a savave model 10
Well, keep going to the range with your 22 and you'll have enough in no time!
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